Whether it’s your backyard pool, a family member’s, or the waterfront by your home, there are certain safety concerns that should always be taken into consideration. Let us take you through some of the most important pool safety tips when it comes to your family and the water.
Pool Safety Tip 1: Never Leave Your Children Alone Near Water
Playing in the water is great fun for children and there are many benefits to it as well. Despite this, water still presents many dangers as drowning can occur in less than an inch of water. This makes household water sources like bathtubs, sinks, and even pails a source of danger. Meaning, this goes beyond pool safety tips, this is about water safety. In order to prevent emergencies or accidents, install preventative measures and practice water safe actions. Never leave your child unattended near water, no matter how insignificant the amount may seem to you! Not even for a few seconds.
Pools, hot tubs, ponds and the like can become dangerous in an instant. Make sure there is a fence around the body of water in question. Always have a locking mechanism on the fence of home pools, and if able, install an alarm system on entrances/doors leading to the water. Always cover hot-tubs and empty small wading pools when they are not in use.
Pool Safety Tip 2: Be Prepared For an Emergency
One of the best things you can do is prepare for an emergency. Regardless of how well you childproof your home, there is always a chance that something may not go as planned. To help keep your loved ones safe, it is smart to:
- Learn First Aid Procedures, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, and choking procedures.
- Assemble a first aid kit with instructions.
- Keep important numbers near your primary phone such as poison control, your paediatrician, your work and cell phone numbers, and a neighbor or nearby relative.
Teach your children emergency procedures as well! As soon as they are old enough to know their own name and address, teach them to dial 9-1-1 to call for help in case of an emergency.
Check out your local First Aid Training Providers for upcoming learning opportunities!
Pool Safety Tip 3: Set Up Pool or Water Rules
- Always swim with a buddy.
- Wear a lifejacket regardless of swimming ability, especially on open water.
- Thunder or lightning? Don’t go in or near any body of water!
- Always have an adult check the ice thickness before you venture out on it. Never walk on frozen water alone, or without the express permission of an adult that knows how to check ice thickness and safety.
- Don’t swim out too far in lakes or large bodies of water.
Check out KidsHealth.org for a detailed outline of rules to teach your children when it comes to swimming!
Pool Safety Tip 4: Take Swimming Lessons
Pool Safety Tip 5: Lock Up Chemicals
We all know that many household products are potentially poisonous to children if swallowed. When childproofing our homes we take care to install locks and cabinet guards, store cleaners and detergents in safe spaces. The chemicals used to treat the swimming pool are no different, if not more dangerous. Practice extra precautionary measures when deciding where to store your chemicals, making sure that they are in a cool dry location, away from direct sunlight or sources of heat, and are in airtight containers to avoid cross-contamination.
Consider purchasing personal protective gear for yourself such as safety goggles, thick elbow-length rubber gloves, an apron, and a face mask. Install locks on all storage spaces used for these chemicals, and educate your children on the dangers that they pose.
If an accident occurs despite all of your precautions, immediately contact Emergency Medical Services if necessary, and the Poison Control Centre. Experts are on-call to help guide you to the most appropriate first aid and the next step for treatment while you wait for paramedics to arrive.
Pool Safety Tip 6: Swim With a Friend
Pool Safety Tip 7: Stay Within Reach of Your Children
Pool Safety Tip 8: Wear a Personal Floatation Device
Pool Safety Tip 9: Check Water Chemistry Regularly
Optimal water chemistry matches the pH levels of our skin and eyes. This is what ensures that our eyes and skin do not become irritated in the water. Run tests on a regular basis in order to make sure your water chemistry is always balanced. Using a test kit such as a Taylor Test Kit, assess the pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness. Your chemicals should read as follows: pH: 7.2-7.6; Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm; Calcium hardness: 180-220 ppm.
You should take both natural and unnatural environmental factors into consideration when deciding the frequency of water chemistry checks. For example, rain, extreme heat/sun, and bather load. Each factor might play a role in chemical imbalances, this can help you plan ahead to keep pH levels balanced.
Pool Safety Tip 10: Having a Party? Hire a Lifeguard!
Lifeguards are trained in techniques for scanning water, implementing water safety, and in water rescue. Stationing a lifeguard on duty whether it’s a backyard pool party or a cottage get-away provides peace of mind. AquaMobile provides lifeguards for hire! Having a pool party or an event?Make sure to book a lifeguard now to ensure everyone in the water is as safe as can be.